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Quotes from voters in AP Global Football poll

February 18, 2014

LONDON (AP) — Tom Timmermann, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“When in doubt, go with Messi. I’m never quite sure what to do with results in Cup play, when big-name teams often face low-level competition with reserves in the lineup. But pair of goals by Messi in a league match (against Rayo Vallecano) works for me.”

Chris Tait, The Herald, Scotland

“With Manchester City to come in the Champions League on Tuesday, this Barcelona team were perhaps looking for a way to remind everyone of how impressive they can be. A 6-0 home win ought to have just about covered it.”

Federico Giammaria, La Voz, Argentina

“The league is very even Argentina, and although you can beat anyone, beating Boca at the Bombonera is historic. The surprising Belgrano de Córdoba did (3-2) and Picante Pereyra was the figure.”

Marco Monteverde, News Corp Australia

“Whether it was in the Copa del Rey or La Liga, the Argentine attacker (Lionel Messi) scored and set up goals to inspire his side in both competitions.”

Tito Puccetti, ESPN, Argentina

“In the absence of the injured striker Falcao, young James Rodriguez takes the responsibility for the Monaco.”

Leonardo Bertozzi, ESPN, Brazil

“The (4-0) rout of Frankfurt shows that Dortmund is rediscovering its best form. It is not enough to win the Bundesliga, but shows strength to compete in the German Cup and Champions League.”

Sam Tighe, Bleacher Report, United States

“Miralem Pjanic took over the show for Roma on Sunday night, leading his Giallorossi club mates to a superb 3-0 win over stubborn Sampdoria. He found his stride early and began dictating with ease, then fired home a miraculous free-kick in the second half to seal the win.”

Aurelio Capaldi, RAI Sport, Italy

“Real Madrid can’t stop winning. They haven’t lost once since Oct. 26 when Barcelona beat them at the Camp Nou. 25 games in a row without a defeat for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.”

Mike McGrath, The Sun, England

“No matter what they serve up at the Etihad Stadium, Barcelona and Manchester City are the best two teams on the planet at the moment. Over two legs, their Champions League tie is the match of the season in my opinion.”

Julian Bennetts, Hayters news agency, England

“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has shown glimpses of his wondrous talent, but Sunday saw one of his best displays in an Arsenal shirt as he scored one and made the other as his side beat Liverpool 2-1 in the FA Cup.”

Soren-Mikael Hansen, Politiken, Denmark

“All major teams and players are rising to the Champions League occasion with Barcelona and Messi looking to find form at the right moment for the big clash against Man City.”

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